We Live in a Fantasy World of Crime
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it probably is a duck. But if it looks like a rose and smells like a rose, maybe it's sex trafficking?
That was the conclusion reached by police officers contacted by a manager at the Walmart in Coshocton, Ohio, who saw some people putting roses on the windshields of cars in the store's parking lot. The manager called the cops, and soon, an investigation was underway, according to local news.
"Was this something heinous, or was it something of a lesser nature? Was it completely harmless?" Deputy Chris Johnson asked.
A bunch of Walmart shoppers thought "heinous." Soon, so many calls were flooding in that Johnson took the bull by the long-stems and issued a warning:
"On 2/15/2021 the Sheriff's Office received a call from the Walmart Security Department in regards to suspicious activity in their parking lot involving a vehicle and two, what appear to be, males looking into vehicles and placing a single red rose under the windshield wipers of those vehicles. While reviewing the Walmart Surveillance Cameras, the two unknown males are seen exiting from, what appears to be, a newer style dark gray Ford Explorer ... and placing a single red rose on it. This same sequence occurs multiple times on several vehicles."
As if that wasn't scary enough, Johnson raised the terrifying prospect of human sex trafficking:
"Although there have been several Facebook posts of similar instances that have happened in Ohio regarding Human Trafficking related techniques, it is unclear at this time if this incident is related to such type of crime."
Ah yes, the reliability of "several Facebook posts."
Word of the thorn thugs spread so far so fast that a woman named Brittaney Strupe read about the panic in her newsfeed -- and picked up the phone.
Note, please, the day of the scary incident: Feb. 15. Hmm. Roses ... Feb. 15 ... Could there possibly be some connection?